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Delivery Dilemma[edit]

Hello Signpost readers, I just wanted to drop a note to let you all know that we are aware of some inconsistency with the delivery bot, and that some of you have missed talk page delivery for at least one recent issue. We are aware that there is a problem, and are working to rectify it. Thank you for your patience. Go Phightins! 03:47, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Help plan a new software feature for easy subscription to newsletters[edit]

We are developing a MediaWiki extension that will enable users to subscribe to community newsletters much more easily. We are very excited to hear your feedback on the features we have planned. Feel free to share your thoughts here. - Tinaj1234 (talk) 12:38, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Responded on Phab. ResMar 15:37, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

WA programmatic efforts[edit]

I'm very supportive of the efforts of Western Australian Wikimedians in designing and conducting a few creative activities. Tony (talk) 09:04, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Featured content[edit]

I'm on 'oliday next week- probably won't have internet access. Xanthomelanoussprog (talk) 14:37, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Do enjoy your 'liday, though. ResMar 15:36, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Issue problems[edit]

I have noticed that the Signpost often does not come out until Sunday or Monday. Why don't you fix this problem?--Moran25004 (talk) 08:25, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

It's not published until Friday often, unfortunate but not a game breaker. The deliverance issues are not limited to us and have to do with a bug in the software: Special:MassMessage isn't quite working like it ought to. No word yet on a fix. ResMar 13:34, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Is there a Phabricator ticket for that bug? Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 21:21, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
I believe so, but am not certain. ResMar 01:53, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

Would I just be bragging if[edit]

I just celebrated my 50th birthday by traveling to New York City to visit articles that I have created. I don't know if this has ever been done before. I don't know if it would be a good interview subject or a good op-ed piece. I arrived in NYC on June 23 and departed on June 29. On June 23 before my birthday, I visited Ground Zero (I'll upload some pictures soon), which I have not been involved in editorially. On Wednesday June 24th I commenced my celebration by attending a 2PM matinee at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center which featured Misty Copeland (Updated DYK query.svg, Good article, page creator). That evening, I attended The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Updated DYK query.svg, page creator), starring Alex Sharp (DYK nominee, page creator). On Friday June 26, I attended the Museum of Modern Art to visit Drowning Girl (Updated DYK query.svg, Good article, Featured article, page creator) see here, Girl with Ball (Updated DYK query.svg, Good article, page creator) and Campbell's Soup Cans (Good article, Featured article, page creator) see here. On Saturday June 27, I attended Kinky Boots (Updated DYK query.svg, Good article, Featured article, page creator). On Sunday June 28, I attended the inaugural exhibition at the newly located Whitney Museum of American Art, which houses Little Big Painting (Updated DYK query.svg, page creator). I apologize that I have not spent any editorial time on the New York culinary delicacies that made up my June 25th evening. Is there a signpost article in this story?--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 13:10, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

@TonyTheTiger: Ah! I live in New York City, so if you'd mentioned that you're here a few days ago we could have done an in-person interview (meeting other Wikipedians is personally interesting to me). ResMar 14:17, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
I have facetime and we can always talk, chat or ping back and forth.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 16:32, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Definitely you should have mentioned beforehand so some of us from Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC could meet, talk shop, visit some of those places together, share dinner, or whatever. Jim.henderson (talk) 11:50, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
TonyTheTiger this sounds like it could be the next travelogue article for the Signpost. I'm no longer in charge here, but I like your suggestion and hope that the authorities will agree. --Pine 16:50, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Pine, I am not familiar with the travelogue feature, but I believe that would be suitable.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 02:55, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps. An issue of manpower is the biggest blocker (and, I'll be honest, I don't like travelogues). ResMar 13:35, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Pine, any chance that you would do this as a one-off travelogue article.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 02:44, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
TonyTheTiger I'm afraid I'm too busy with other priorities to write this myself, but I have an idea. How about discussing this with Ed_Erhart (WMF) for a possible entry in the Wikimedia Blog? Ed is the former editor-in-chief of the Signpost. Perhaps you two can work something out. I believe that WMF Communications likes having community content be published in the blog. --Pine 21:12, 15 July 2015 (UTC)
Pine, do you have a suggestion on how to communicate with Ed_Erhart (WMF)? He neither responds to his User talk page nor to his listed email address.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 06:44, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
I'll see if I can get someone for you from WMF Communications. --Pine 06:45, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @TonyTheTiger: Not sure how I completely missed this for a month, my apologies. We will absolutely cover something like that in some format. If you would prefer, we can setup an interview on-wiki, or if you would like to write an op-ed focusing on where you visited, what you learned, how it motivates you to keep contributing to Wikipedia, etc., that is a good option too. Let me know what you think. Thanks! Go Phightins! 12:44, 28 July 2015 (UTC) (SP EIC)

  • Go Phightins!, although I have been getting distracted from WP by RL, this trip reinvigorated my interest in filling in redlinks. I think a directed interview is most likely to be something useful. My issue is that I was interacting with the primary source by visiting and we on WP are a tertiary source. Hearing individual secondary commentary was quite exhilarating although almost none of the secondary commentary that I experienced was from reliable sources. People who love Misty Copeland, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Kinky Boots or one of the artworks made me feel proud. Seeing the long queues for the various WP article subjects reminds me that people continue to want to see all of these things. I am not sure what I couild do with an op-ed.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 04:23, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
I missed the ping (my bad; I saw it and meant to reply) but haven't gotten an email from you, sorry. I think this is something more suitable for the Signpost if they want it. :-) Ed Erhart (WMF) (talk) 17:35, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Content Translation is now live[edit]

It might be worthwhile following up on the op-ed from the previous edition, the Content Translation tool is now indeed live on en.wp. People can access it by going to "beta" and selecting "content translation" - the system is then available as a dropdown in "contributions". You can follow the new articles that are created by filtering Recent Changes for the "Content Translation" tag:

The first mainspace creations for En.wp with the tool were published simultaniously:

Machine translation exists for new English articles when the source language is: Catalan, Welsh, Spanish, Basque, Galician, or Serbo-Croatian (sh). New source-language Machine Translation options can potentially be added if people want to help develop the (open source) Apertium system

For those interested in the ongoing development of the system, a prototype of now the next version of the CT "dashboard" might look is here - Sincerely, Wittylama 12:26, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

This is mentioned in tech report, probably will be in N&N, in brief. ResMar 13:27, 9 July 2015 (UTC)


From 'Featured articles':

' alcoholic beverage made from rice and wood called "Budweiser".'

I think not. It may well taste that way, but our article on the beverage says that it is made with "up to 30% rice in addition to hops and barley malt", which seems more plausible. You may want to take a look at the supposed prizes for the Budweiser Shootout too... AndyTheGrump (talk) 05:07, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

…and "matured over beechwood". The beechwood is boiled in bicarbonate of soda first. Beer yeast doesn't normally ferment rice, so there must be some kind of process to convert the rice starch to fermentable sugars. It appears that American six-row barley has a higher percentage of protein (which causes protein haze) and the substitution of adjuncts such as rice reduces the difficulty of clearing the wort. The "beechwood" bit is ostensibly to remove yeast from the liquor. I seem to remember that high-volume production of lager beers uses a column process, where the wort is pumped in at the base and travels upward, but I can't find any reference to that- it supposedly took four hours to make a batch. Xanthomelanoussprog (talk) 06:15, 11 July 2015 (UTC)